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The Social Scientific Study of JewrySources, Approaches, Debates$
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Uzi Rebhun

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199363490

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199363490.001.0001

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U.S. Jewish Population Studies: Opportunities and Challenges

U.S. Jewish Population Studies: Opportunities and Challenges

The Evolution of a Cross-disciplinary Field

(p.178) Latin American Jewish Social Studies
The Social Scientific Study of Jewry

David Dutwin

Eran Ben-Porath

Ron Miller

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the opportunities and challenges in the study of Jewish population in the U.S. It outlines the major concerns in Jewish population research focusing on communal studies and evaluates a number of alternative approaches to Jewish community and population research. It also describes ways by which survey researchers can meet the challenge of producing high-quality data and suggests that survey research offers a set of tools that can address methodological difficulties and allows the continuation of centuries-long tradition of the mifkad, the Jewish population count.

Keywords:   Jewish population, United States, communal studies, population research, survey research, mifkad, Jewish population count

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